Beyond Zero Emissions held the second launch of its High Speed Rail report.

High Speed Rail Plan

This launch was on 30 April 2014 in Sydney, co-hosted by the Institute of Environmental Studies (IES) at the University of New South Wales. There were over 200 attendees with a packed lecture theatre, and 12 volunteers from the BZE NSW team did a fantastic job running the event.

You can download an MP3 audio file of the launch here.

Sydney high-speed rail launch speakers: Left to Right:

  • Gerard Drew: Research Director BZE,
  • Philipp Bergeron: DLR,
  • Geoff Kettle: Mayor of Goulburn,
  • Nigel Lake: CEO Pottinger,
  • Bryan Nye: CEO Australasian Railway Association,
  • Phil Potterton: GHD, former head of BITRE,
  • Stephen Bygrave: CEO of BZE,
  • Professor Graciela Metternicht: Director IES,
  • Emeritus Professor John Black: IES.

Professor Graciela Metternicht, Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies provided an introduction to the launch.

Gerard Drew (pictured) from BZE then presented the findings of the Zero Carbon Australia report, with a high powered panel discussing the various technical, financial and environmental issues relating to high speed rail in Australia, and then taking questions from the audience.

Emeritus Professor John Black from IES wrapped up the panel discussion with a summary of the key issues arising from the Q and A session.

The panel discussion was lively, with questions from the audience being well informed and targeted, and covering a broad range of areas.

Over 50 of the High Speed Rail plans were sold.  You can order a printed copy from the BZE Online shop.

As Tim Fischer, former Deputy Prime Minister, was quoted in the Courier Mail – “Go for it Australia — and now!!”

Thanks again to everyone who helped, or just came along, for making this such a great event!